Delhi polls: EC announces final turnout figure as 62.59%

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh during a press conference at the Election Commission office, in New Delhi, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh during a press conference at the Election Commission office, in New Delhi, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (PTI Photo)

The Election Commission on Sunday announced that the final voter turnout was 62.59 per cent, five per cent less than 2015, and asserted that it followed the laid down process to compile data, after the Aam Aadmi Party questioned the delay.

There were 13,780 polling booths where every vote is accounted for by the presiding officers which is a time-consuming exercise, Sandeep Saxena, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, said.

After elections to the 70-member Delhi Assembly were held on Saturday, poll officials had said there was a turnout of 61.46 per cent, subject to revision.

At a press conference held at 7.15 pm on Sunday, Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said the final voter turnout was 62.59 per cent.

In the 2015 Assembly polls, Delhi had recorded a voter turnout of 67.47 per cent.

Singh said there was no unusual delay in announcing the final voter turnout as the returning officers were busy with scrutiny of data to ensure its accuracy.

While the female voter turnout was 62.55 per cent, male voter turnout was 62.62 per cent.

The highest voting of 71.6 per cent was reported from Ballimaran constituency, while the lowest turnout was in Delhi cantonment at 45.4 per cent, Singh said.

Okhla assembly constituency recorded 58.84 per cent voting. Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Nagar, where protests against the amended Citizenship Act are on, fall under this constituency.

Seelampur constituency recorded a turnout of 71.2 per cent, according to the data.
(PTI)